Philomath assists at scene of Corvallis house fire

Philomath Fire & Rescue assisted with a second-alarm residential fire on Sunday in Corvallis, Capt. Rich Saalsaa, public information officer, reported.

Local firefighters initially headed to the Corvallis Fire Department’s Station 2 at 11:16 a.m., to provide coverage but were then quickly sent to the fire located on Northwest Arthur Circle on the second alarm at 11:23 a.m.

All occupants of the home, including pets, made it out safely and no injuries were reported.

Philomath’s response included one truck and four personnel, who assisted the Corvallis Fire Department with the overhaul operation. Overhaul involves searching for hidden fire extension at the scene. Saalsaa was appointed to the role of safety officer during the main part of the fire and then assisted with the investigation.

“A safety officer reports directly to the incident commander and is his or her eyes on the fireground,” Saalsaa explained. “We look for hazards — electrical, gas, collapse, debris, etc. — and notify the IC when hazards exist. We also provide for crew safety and ensure that crews are well hydrated.”

The Corvallis Fire Protection Bureau will determine the final cause and origin.

Firefighters at Corvallis fire
The fire primarily involved the back deck and back wall of the house, but spread into the attic space and the second floor. (Photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

“What I can say is that the owners of the house were burning papers in a chimenea on the back deck earlier in the morning and were alerted by neighbors that their house was on fire about 15-30 minutes later,” Saalsaa said. “The fire primarily involved the back deck and back wall of the structure, but spread into the attic space of the main house and the second story.”

Others responding to the call included Adair Rural Fire & Rescue, Albany Fire Department, Tangent Fire District and Monroe Rural Fire Protection District.


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